[Abigail Freeman Page 1] We haven't properly researched the ancestors of Abigail Davis Freeman. The Davis surname is very well represented
on Cape Cod. The only thing about her parentage we find is that Deyo says she was the daughter of a Thomas Davis. She married David Freeman of
CT on 8 Apr 1753 (Barnstable Vital Records). They had one son, Thomas Davis Freeman, b. 25 Mar 1757 (Barnstable Vital Records). She was widowed
shortly after that.
Her husband's family is easier to find. David Freeman was the son of Isaac Freeman and Bethia Sturgis, who married Job Gorham later after Isaac had passed away. The family was at
Fairfield, CT, and after Isaac died Bethia and her children moved to Barnstable. Here is the list of David Freeman's ancestors:
Edmund Freeman (b. 1590) m. Elizabeth
John Freeman (b. 1627, d. 28 October 1719) m. 30 December 1649 Mercy Prence (the daughter of Governor Prence--she died 28 September 1711)
Edmund Freeman (b. June 1657) m. Sarah Mayo (d. bef. 1745)
Isaac Freeman (d. 21 May 1732, Fairfield, CT) m. Bethia Sturgis 16 March 1715/16 (She was b. February 1695/96, d. July 1769, daughter of James and Rebecca (Thacher) Sturgis.)
(all of the above from Amos Otis)
Abigail was known generally as "Aunt Nabby Freeman." Any children of the people listed below
(who are husband David Freeman's siblings) would have had an Aunt Nabby:
Children of Isaac Freeman and Bethia Sturgis:
Isaac Freeman (he was in Marblehead, MA and had a wife named Ann)
Sarah Freeman (b. 30 July 1720, d. 7 February 1725/26)
James Freeman (bp. 2 February 1723/24, d. 4 February 1725/26)
Rebecca Freeman (bp. 2 February 1723/24, d. 4 February 1725/26)
Edmund Freeman (b. 4 January 1725/26)
James Freeman (bp. 10 November 1728)
David Freeman (bp. 26 July 1730) m. 8 April 1753 Abigail Davis (Barnstable Vital Records)
We wonder what happened to this family in February 1725/26. Notice that three children died within days of each other.
In her will, Abigail gave to Sarah Parker, the wife of Isaiah Parker. Sarah was a Sturgis, and of the preceding generation--in other words, Sarah was
probably not Abigail's sister as has been reported in some sources. She also left something to the daughter of Daniel Davis, which is ironic since Daniel Davis was one of the leading Patriots of his day. Perhaps this daughter
of Daniel Davis had an Aunt Nabby?
She also gave to her sister, Lucy Davis Garrett. Lucy was the second wife of Andrew Garrett. Andrew's first wife was Temperance Parker, the daughter of the above mentioned Isaiah and Sarah Parker
(again, probably not her sister.) That these people were all related is fairly certain; what is positively certain is that Lucy's children all had an Aunt Nabby. Here is that list of
Andrew Garrett married Lucy Davis 22 March 1760 (Barnstable Vital Records)
Jesse Garrett (b. 20 February 1761)
Isaac Garrett (b. 17 May 1763)
Temperance Garrett (b. 29 August 1765)
Susannah Garrett (b. 7 October 1768)
There is an interesting anecdote about one of Andrew Garrett's children by his previous marriage (to Temperance Parker.) The oldest child was a son, Andrew Garrett Jr., b. 25 February 1755, who married, became a Lieutenant in the Continental Army, and was captured by Indians. He lived with them some time and even adopted their lifestyle. Finally he returned to Salem, MA, where his wife, thinking him dead, had remarried and had a child. Andrew Garrett Jr. married another (Miss Blish) and had children.
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Sources (links may open in a new window):
Barnstable Vital Records, available online as part of Genealogy Library, at genealogy.com
Kittredge, Henry. Cape Cod, its People and Their History. Cambridge,
the Riverside Press, 1930. Pg. 115 This book is occasionally available
used at abebooks.com
Deyo, Simon L. History Of Barnstable County Massachusetts 1620 - 1890.
New York: H. W. Blake & Co., 1890, pg. 397. The first eight chapters can
be read online at the
Barnstable County genweb site. The book is occasionally available
used at abebooks.com.
Also, this book is available as a reprint from
Higginson books. Although it is
expensive, it is over 1000 pages long. They also offer separate reprints of the
town histories that make up part of the book. Finally, the entire book can be
read online, as part of
Family & Local Histories Online Subscription at
Cape Cod Library, Volume II, A Genealogist's Letter-Book: Correspondence of Amos Otis Relative to Colonial Ancestry, Book 3, Page 1001, available online as part of Genealogy Library, at genealogy.com
Genealogies of Mayflower Families, G-Pa, Robert Parker of Barnstable, Mass., pg. 840, available online as part of Genealogy Library, at genealogy.com
Jacobus, Donald Lines, History, and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Vol. 2, pg. 347. Originally published Fairfield, CT 1930 – 1932, reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., 1976, available online as part
of Genealogy Library, at genealogy.com
Early, Eleanor And This Is Cape Cod. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1936, pg. 33-34.
This book is occasionally available used at abebooks.com
Cutter, William Richard New England Families Genealogical and Memorial. Place unknown: 1913, Vol. II, pg. 147-148.
This book can be read and searched online as part of Genealogy Library, at genealogy.com. Also
available new from Genealogical.com publishing.
Reynard, Elizabeth. The Narrow Land: Folk Chronicles of Old Cape Cod. Boston/New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1934 Pg. 186-190, 322.
This book is occasionally available used at abebooks.com.
Also, the Chatham Historical
Society now has reprints of this book.